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06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Chromium for diabetes?

By: Novoviva webmaster


I read that chromium can be used as a supplement to treat diabetes. Is this true? Is it better than the drugs that are used?



Chromium is what is called an "essential nutrient", and is involved in various steps in lipid and glucose metabolism. A recent survey of all medical publications has been published (see below), and concluded that chromium supplements don't influence normal blood glucose levels (i.e. those in people without diabetes).

However, in people with raised blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) due to type 2 diabetes, chromium did reduce raised glucose levels. The changes were not as great as those obtained with available anti-diabetic oral drugs. And there weren't any clear-cut effects on blood lipids.

Chromium is found in eggs, beef, whole grains, brewer's yeast, and molasses. Supplemental chromium is usually dosed at 150 micrograms a day. Doses up to 1000 micrograms a day are regarded as safe, but it's wise to check kidney function from time to time. And excess use can lead to a rash (dermatitis).


Related Links
About Diabetes: Chromium Conference

Created on: 05/15/2004
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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